Will strive for 70% reservation for SC/ST.This is a statement made by the CM of a South Indian state. He has been quoted to ask centre for a constitutional amendment so that 70% seats at education and public sector services are reserved for SC/ST groups. Apparently, his neighbouring state has a 69% reservation that's much higher than the 50% cut off fixed by the Supreme Court of India.
We need to encourage people of these groups to come up in life, have a better education but why should we further push down the general merit groups. These groups are already frustrated and I think this will encourage further brain drain - people going abroad for education and work.
Instead of increasing reservation, why can we look at giving them subsidies, increased local infrastructure for them, scholarships etc without compromising the general merit quota education and service applications or opportunities?